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tonight, monster infernos. military veterans coming to the aid of 8,000 firefighters now on the front lines battling 20 massive blazes exploding across eight states. record shattering heat not letting up. running on empty? the fallout from the trump campaign's critical money problems, raising historic low amounts in modern presidential politics. and nbc news digs into the spending much of it directed at trump businesses. recall alert. new details in the tragic death of that young hollywood star crushed by his own suv. hundreds of crashes linked to a potential defect, and a man who said his suv rolled away with his child inside. and getting hooked at the dentist? the surprising place a lot of americans are first becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc
news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. this has been a brutal and dangerous day in southern california, and other parts of the west, as relentless heat and wildfires push firefighters to their limits. and force hundreds from their homes. the heat even triggering power outages. an exceptionally quick start to the summer fire season threatens to overwhelm crews working east of los angeles where two big fires are rapidly merging into one. tonight reinforcements are on the way as the region braces for the danger of more long, hot days ahead. miguel almaguer was with firefighters near azusa, california, with the latest. >> reporter: in the hills outside los angeles, a fire fight in a heat wave, the conditions extreme, the fire explosive. nearly 800 homes have been
evacuated. >> i was just sobbing, like i didn't want to lose everything. >> reporter: overnight this inferno refused to lay down. two fires merging into one monster blaze, threatening neighborhoods. >> i'm really feeling kind of scared, because i've had to leave my home, and i don't know what's going to happen. >> reporter: the air attack here is critical. they're using helicopters to reach hillsides as firefighters on the ground can't. but resources are spread thin. those helicopters are going from fire to fire. tonight across the west, some 8,000 firefighters are on the front lines of 20 huge wildfires. a searing heat wave making the battle more difficult. >> these are probably the most extreme conditions we see all year. we've double layered. nomex on top of our uniforms. they're drinking gallons of water in one shift. >> reporter: 9 million are under heat advisories. records shattered this week in palm springs, 122. phoenix, 118.
vegas, 115. in los angeles, air quality is dangerous. there have been blackouts after the power grid was overstressed. with resources stretched thin, the military is helping. 400 veterans trading the front line for the fire line. army ranger mike trout, an iraq veteran, putting down his rifle and picking up a shovel. >> giving back. feeling as though you're still needed. you're part of something much bigger than yourself. >> reporter: tonight it's all hands on deck, facing fire and heat. this fierce summer battle is just beginning to explode. with temps soaring into the 90s here in the los angeles area, more than eight square miles have been charred. this fire is zero percent contained. but if there is any good news, no homes have been lost so far. lester? >> hats off to the firefighters. tough duty. miguel, thank you. there is new fallout over major money problems in the trump campaign. trump raised just over $3 million in the month of may, the
month he secured enough delegates to win the republican nomination. a figure so low for a presumptive nominee, nothing like it has been seen in present politics. there are questions being raised about how much campaign money is being spent on trump-owned businesses. meantime, hillary clinton is warning trump would bankrupt america. we have it all covered starting with nbc's hallie jackson at trump tower. hallie, good evening. >> reporter: lester, not unusual to the protesters at trump tower, but it has been an unusual week for donald trump, hoping to turn a page by hitting back at hillary clinton tomorrow. a senior aide previewing attacks on trade, terror and the clinton foundation, all of it as trump tries to shore up support among his base, not just donors, but conservative christians, too. in new york, with his evangelical entourage, donald trump looking to keep the faith with his campaign in critical condition. >> i understand money better than anybody. i understand it far better than
hillary. >> reporter: but hillary clinton's war chest, $42 million now, compared to his $1.3 million. trump more broke than even some rivals he beat. in the unique position of spending more than $1 million of his campaign cash on trump properties, rentals at mar-a-lago, his golf courses, his restaurants, his son's wine company, his own airline. the billionaire sending supporters his first personal plea for money, now promising to pay his own way to november if he has to. >> i have a lot of cash. i may do it again in the general election. >> reporter: trump argues if he self-funds, there would be unlimited cash on hand, but no way to know how much money trump makes since he hasn't released his taxes. the candidate insisting while his campaign may change now, he will not. and today, again questioning an opponent's religion, this time hillary clinton, a devout methodist. >> we know nothing about hillary
in terms of religion, she's been in the public eye for years and years. and yet there's nothing out there. >> reporter: trump looking to turn out still skeptical evangelicals. >> we don't necessarily think there's going to be somebody in the white house that's for us, but we don't want somebody in the white house that's against us. >> reporter: while struggling national, new swing state polls show some signs of life for trump. neck and neck with clinton in pennsylvania, for example. still, trailing in florida. >> in order to keep his even slim win to a victory, trump must begin raising money, hiring staff and building organization today. >> reporter: time for a turn-around may be running out. hallie jackson, nbc news, new york. >> reporter: this is andrea mitchell in columbus, ohio, where hillary clinton delivered her second major takedown speech against donald trump, declaring president trump would be a disaster for the economy. >> just like he shouldn't have his finger on the button, he shouldn't have his hand on our economy. >> reporter: clinton targeting trump's perceived strengths, his
business record, accusing him of unscrupulous practices, leaving creditors, including small business owners in atlantic city in the lurch. >> he's written a lot of books about business. they all seem to end at chapter 11. >> reporter: questioning why trump's products are made overseas. >> trump ties are made in china. trump suits in mexico. i'd love for him to explain how all that fits with his talk about america first. >> reporter: and charging that his tax proposal would run up trillions of dollars in government debt. >> he calls himself the king of debt. and his tax plan sure lives up to that name. >> reporter: trump firing back in realtime on twitter and instagram. >> hillary clinton's only right about one thing, i understand debt and how to handle it. i've made a fortune with debt. but debt for this country is a disaster, and obama has piled it on and she's been there watching. >> reporter: a new poll tonight shows voters still trust trump more than clinton on the economy. and clinton is playing defense
for her past support of unpopular trade deals. especially here in ohio. >> when any member of the clinton family runs for president, it's the economy stupid is never far from their minds. hillary clinton knows she needs to win the fight over the economy and the future if she's going to get to the white house. >> reporter: clinton is campaigning here in ohio so often, she could practically become a resident. she knows it's a must-win state for trump, and in a new poll today they are tied. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thank you. meantime, late word on how far russian hackers went in going after materials related to hillary clinton's presidential campaign. nbc news has learned it stretches all the way to her family foundation. our justice correspondent pete williams is in washington. pete, what can you tell us about this? >> lester, officials familiar with the investigation tonight say they now believe russian
hackers got into the computer system of the clinton foundation, the charity that funds humanitarian work. it appears to have been done by the same hackers who stole confidential files from the democratic party and the clinton campaign. three private security firms have concluded that the hackers are russian. some security experts say russian intelligence could be behind the attacks, with the goal of interfering in the elections. documents taken in the hacks have been taken online. some say it's part of a russian disinformation campaign. but some u.s. officials say the goal may simply be espionage. the spokesman for the clinton foundation says so far it has not been notified of any cyber attack. lester. >> pete williams in the washington newsroom, thank you. there are new questions about whether the fbi missed crucial warning signs before the orlando terror attack. a friend of the gunman revealing that he tipped off the fbi about potential red flags years ago. this, as investigators try to piece together a mystery about his final hours. we get more from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: tonight a source close to omar mateen's wife tells nbc news her husband
bought plane tickets to northern california on the friday before the shooting. to visit her ailing mother in july. neither the rampage, federal law enforcement officials say mateen arrived at the club around midnight, left for two hours and returned and started shooting. investigators don't yet know what he did during those two hours. >> i never heard of anything homophobic, or even against -- along gay lines whatsoever. >> reporter: muhammad malick worshipped with mateen at this islamic center in ft. pierce, florida. >> very introverted. >> very introverted. >> reporter: in "washington post," he revealed he was the one who tipped off the fbi about mateen two years ago. the agency had been investigating the first american-born suicide bomber in syria who had worshipped at the same mosque and had watched videos of al awlaki. >> omar mentioned to me he had seen videos of al awlaki. it raised red flags for me. i asked him what he thought about them. he said they were powerful.
which created a flag even more for me. >> reporter: it was the second time the fbi had heard about mateen. in 2013 he had been investigated for possible extremist ties for inflammatory comments to co-workers. the fbi said both inquiries turned up nothing of substance. did the fbi miss crucial warning signs? >> we're looking at all of that. >> reporter: today attorney general loretta lynch visited the scene of the shooting. >> we're asking people to look back in their contacts with him to determine what, if anything, we could have done better. >> reporter: muhammad malick, the tipster is talking out now to combat anti-muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail, and he believes that the perception that muslims don't report suspicious behavior. he thinks the fbi did the best it could. lester? >> gabe gutierrez. gabe, thank you. a young man is under arrest in indiana accused of trying to join isis. the 18-year-old was taken into custody by fbi agents while trying to board a bus from indianapolis to new york. from there, investigators say he intended to fly to morocco and make his way to isis-controlled
territory. if he's convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. investigators looking into the cause of the tragic death of hollywood actor anton yelchin early sunday. now say he suffered severe head and chest injuries when his suv rolled down a driveway, pinning him against a fence and mailbox. the 2015 jeep grand cherokee, part of a north american recall, had a danger with the gear shifter. but getting customers to act on recalls in general can be a challenge. as nbc's tom costello tells us. >> reporter: authorities in l.a. now say 27-year-old anton yelchin died within a minute of being pinned and crushed after his jeep grand cherokee rolled down the driveway. the cause? still under investigation. but federal investigators have documented at least 212 crashes, and 41 injuries related to the suv's electronic gear shifter, which springs back to a center position after the driver selects a gear. >> push it forward like this,
and you think it is in park. it is now in reverse. >> reporter: michael brick said his jeep suddenly began moving when he stopped at a gas station with one of his kids in the car. >> i got out of the car, pumped gas in the car, it started rolling backward. >> reporter: he managed to jump back in just in time. fiat-chrysler believes drivers are responsible, not paying attention to the gear display. on the gear shift and dashboard. but in april, the company did issue a recall involving 1 million vehicles, warning, drivers may inadvertently fail to achieve the park position before exiting the vehicle. >> they think it's the driver error. but there's no 100% proof that this is not related to the software, or the mechanics in the gear shifter. >> reporter: chrysler tells nbc news the recall involves a software upgrade for the gear shifter that should be ready in july and august. but typically, 30% to 40% of drivers don't get their cars fixed after receiving a recall notice. >> there has become this consumer recall fatigue, because there have been so many recalls. >> reporter: the question, will a hollywood actor's death
convince jeep drivers to take this fix seriously. tom costello, nbc news, washington. there is more ahead tonight. danger at the dentist. how patients can be sent spiraling into a powerful addiction after having a very common procedure. suspects arrested with a weapons arsenal. the details that led police right to it.
we're back now with an urgent warning from the surgeon general. he sounded the alarm this week to doctors about the epidemic of opioid abuse in the u.s., and for so many teens, addiction can all begin with a dental procedure. that's something of a rite of passage. nbc news national correspondent kate snow explains in the new series, "hooks." >> just primarily mom. >> reporter: at just 27, brittany runs a recovery in del ray beach, florida, clean for seven years now, it's how she got here that might surprise you. was it a doctor who gave you your first painkiller? >> it was a dentist. >> a dentist? >> a dentist. >> reporter: like so many teenagers, she had her wisdom teeth pulled at 16, and was sent home with a 30-day supply of percocet. >> then came the day where i took the pills off the shelf behind the stuffed animal that i had hid them behind and proceeded to take them. >> reporter: she quickly moved on to stronger opioids.
>> i learned i could smoke them. and my life forever changed. >> what do you wish now? given what you know now. >> i wish that the dentist would have talked more to my parents about the potential consequences. >> reporter: a recent study in the journal of the american medical association found after a tooth extraction, 61% of 14 to 17-year-olds walked out with a prescription. dr. paul moore at the university of pittsburgh is spearheading an effort to get dentists and dental students to change how they prescribe. >> we need to stop and say, now, wait. >> reporter: moore says for about half of patients, over-the-counter pain relievers are enough. >> many patients who have their wisdom teeth taken out never need or require vicodin or percocet or any of those opioids. >> reporter: ashley told her dentist she was an addict, but said he insisted on giving her the opioid fentanyl last year when she had her wisdom teeth out. >> i relapsed. >> was it a trigger? >> yes. >> what did it feel like to have the fentanyl? >> like a relief. like an overpowering relief.
>> reporter: ashley is in recovery again at lighthouse. but brittany wants dentists to understand the impact they have. >> i think the dentists need to hold themselves accountable to a higher level of practice. >> reporter: dentists now trying to change, so young persons' first painkiller doesn't lead to a whole lot more. kate snow, nbc news, del ray beach, florida. we're back in a moment with a historic deal between a major u.s. company and an unlikely business partner.
boeing has announced an historic agreement with iran. the deal involves the sale of 100 planes worth about $25 billion, state media says. that would make boeing the first major u.s. company to do business with iran since a nuclear agreement was signed and some sanctions were lifted. but the deal is subject to u.s. government approval, and some in congress have expressed reservations. a scare today at the
entrance of a holland tunnel leading from new jersey to new york city. three people arrested with a cache of loaded weapons, knives, body armor and a camouflage helmet. when police stopped them for a cracked windshield on a very noticeable monster truck. despite initial fears, authorities say there's no connection to terrorism. drugs were found in the truck. authorities continue to investigate. the pictures of the day come to us from a rescue mission of sorts tin trustville, alabama, where firefighters rushed to the aid of 15-year-old darby risner, stuck in a giant barney head. she was trying to prank her friends but things obviously didn't go quite as planned. the barney head slipped down all the way below her shoulders and she couldn't free herself. so when vaseline didn't work, they all hopped in a minivan down to the fire station, barney head and all. after a few more than a few laughs, they were able to free her. when we come back, far away from the battle field, a touching reunion between a soldier and his best friend. ===peggy/vo===
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possible if it weren't for one woman inspiring america. >> reporter: this is the last time taylor, this yellow lab, will ever be in a military kennel. the men called her taytay, or princess taylor. and she served her country all her life. two deployments in afghanistan, and so effective at saving american lives, the taliban had a bounty on her head. when dogs like taylor complete their service, they're usually put up for adoption. the soldiers they served with are often given first priority. but reunions aren't always that easy and can cost thousands of dollars. that's where molly oliver comes in. she's a veteran flight attendant for united, but her real passion, reuniting service dogs and their handlers. >> i love the dogs. and i love my military that's taking care of my freedom my whole life. it's a win-win to combine the two. >> reporter: she's done it now
four times at her own expense, flying dogs home to the men who love them most. and today is taytay's big day, even sitting in first class. >> where's daddy? we're going to go find him. >> reporter: while at the boise airport, a nervous soldier waits. >> it's like a part of me has been missing. and getting her back now, it will make me whole again. >> reporter: in afghanistan, sergeant tom hanson protected her in fire fights, taytay found bombs hidden beneath his feet. now after two years apart, taytay is finally coming home. soldier and best friend reunited. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: for a civilian life on american soil. >> that's my girl. >> reporter: gadi schwartz, nbc news, boise. that's going to do it for us on a tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching, and good night. go up in flames. i'm really
==peggy/take vo= for thecity ru5 it looks like everybody's going to go up in flames. i'm really embarrassed right now for the city. >> right now at 6:00, it is not just controversy at the oakland police department. tonight new concerns over leadership stretching all the way to city hall. thank you for joining us. i'm peggy bunker in for jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. the mayor of oakland is on the hot seat. under her watch the police department is imploding. but is it libby shaft's fault? there are also abuse of power allegations against the city council member.
again it's been a tumultuous day in oakland. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez, it's hard to really keep pace with all the controversy surrounding the city. >> reporter: it really is. there's definitely no shortage of fireworks in oakland. tonight the president of the city council is feeling the heat after a grand jury report says she violated state ethics rules. i'll tell you, people here are getting more and more frustrated. >> it is time for us to say enough is enough! it is time for to us say libby shaft needs to go. >> reporter: activists in oakland say they're fed up. they gathered in front of the oakland police department to react to a growing list of scandals and changes in leadership at the opd. calling on the mayor to step down and police officers with knowledge of corruption to step forward. >> it is time for you to step forward and blow the whistle or you will go down with this ship. >> reporter: and now alleged